To The Editor
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to the Editor
This was a super informative issue. Your column on Nightmare
really hit home. It CAN and WILL happen unless we all do
something about it. And I certainly donít mean make your
whifflehound go one place higher in the ratings.
Iíve lived this nightmare. Never leaving the house, behind
locked gates between the hours or 8 AM and 5 PM, the hours Animal
Control worked: Having my yards divided by privacy fence and
never putting out any dogs that could be identified. At that
time I had smooth Collies and Smooth Fox Terriers. Visible in
the right yard was a smooth collie, sable, and a tan and white FT,
in the left side was a different Smooth collie, also sable, and a
different Smooth Fox. There was a 4 dog limit. I had
over 10. AC checked the ads and the local training classes.
That was in California and more and more laws have been passed and
are being passed almost daily. I left there 26 years ago and
have never missed it. It is not a pleasant way to live.
Which of your dogs do you choose to give up? Be vigilant.
Camera Handy: Can you find out what rights we have if some
one shows up at our door with a warrant or just shows up wanting to
see our dogs? Step by step, like step one - call a lawyer. Do we
have to let them in and what can we do to keep them out if any
thing? What is best? Do we just sign our dogs over? I think not! If
they do have a warrant do we have to let them on our property or can
we make them wait until a lawyer can get there?
I keep my camcorder charged so if they do show up I can film what my
cages look like and how much food they have, ect. I want my own
record of what happened. I plan on calling every one I know to come
and be a witness to what is going on. Is this a good plan? Every one
should have a step-by-step printed plan hanging on the wall so you
will know what to do if they do show up because you will not be
thinking clearly when they do. What are our rights as home owners?
Excellent Advice! Your legal rights will vary from state to
state as regards illegal search and seizure and property rights
(another reason our pets must legally be property). It would
be well worth a $100 consultation fee with a local attorney
regarding what you can and should do, and you should establish a
relationship with a local lawyer Ė just in case. Due to
national AR action, breeders who are not at fault in any way can
still expect harassment. Hopefully our attorney-readers can
respond with general advice.
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USDA Broker Rant:
Are you dog people??? Or Animal rights activist??? Spewing hearsay
and PETA, HSUS rhetoric. All over that dog press online blog. I am
sure you idiots really believe all Commercial breeders are some bad
example of the term PUPPY MILL. I walked in your world before I
walked in this one. I will say in all honesty . More animal neglect,
Bad breeding, and abuse happen viva show breeders then commercial
breeders. I witnessed more disturbing things as a show person then I
do as a USDA Broker. I have walked into many commercial kennels.
seen their puppies and adult dogs. Your slandering of an industry
that is related to your hobby is idiotic and self destructive. If
you had half a brain you would remove all AR induced Puppy Mill
articles from your web site.
We are dog people; pet owners, show breeders. Of course we are
not AR activists; that question reveals your lack of familiarity
with TheDogPress. Your comments would have been taken more
seriously if they were based on knowledge rather than defense of
puppy mills or commercial breeders, either of which generally
produce puppies without regard for things like breed standards,
genetic health and temperament. There are exceptions among
commercial and backyard breeders just as there are exceptions among
We will publish your rant because it represents the ignorance that
prompts such emotional responses. I have seen undercover
(network) video of USDA brokers in action. Iím sure not all
are so callous and uncaring so Iíll grant you far more respect than
you grant us. In fact, if you would like to send a thoughtful
article representing your ďindustryĒ we would be happy to review it.
USDA Broker Objects 2/26 (before HEADlines): remove my
email address ASPA I did not give you permission to post that.
You may leave it as an anonymous post but remove any contact to me.
Okay, we removed the link from his/her email addy but for the
record, we welcome your comments so if you DO NOT WANT THEM USED,
please so state. Otherwise, according to the policy stated on
this page and elsewhere on the site, we may think your email is
worth sharing with readers.
Judge Bores Club:
I have been around long enough to be a judge, a delegate, and active
member of two clubs. I always do a synopsis report of the delegate
meetings that I attend on my own expense account but when it involves
legislation or what HSUS is doing, the members become restless.
They pretend avid interest in case they might show to me but one board
member was filing her nails and people sitting in the front were talking
to each other when I gave my last report. I can therefore
appreciate the difficulty you have in getting your readers to pay
attention. However I thought you should know that several people
were talking about the nightmare story this weekend and another judge
mentioned it to me at lunch. So it was read but it is shameful if
that is the only way to get the fancy's attention. You can use
this but do not use my name. Thank you for giving space to
legislative problems and for a well done article. (name withheld)
AKC credibility: Standing outside the issue, my personal view is
that if the AKC wants to gain creditability with its members, it must
address the problems that exist as a result of puppy mills and the
organizations that are enabling their existence. When Rescues purchase
overstock puppies and old, sick, unproductive female dogs, they are
participating in the promotion of puppy mills!
How are the people who raise AKC registered puppies going to be able to
sell a single dog if this issue is not dealt with properly? AKC seems to
be passing the buck, blaming other groups that register purebreds. Then
it also seems that AKC would
gladly register all dogs - period.
No non-profit should be competing with taxpaying business groups and
Even the bank that issues the credit card is shortchanging the people
who buy the bankís stock or do business with the bank. Non-profits
SHOULD NOT operate in the commercial arena.
I do not believe in the policy of "IF YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM, JOIN THEM."
So, I would like to see Wayne Pacelleís HSUS just GO AWAY! And the
same goes for PETA - so I guess you can see where I stand.
Great point and little by little, clubs and rescue groups understand it
is hopeless because every saved dog such as youíve described stimulates
the business to procure and abuse even more.)
Points Puzzle: It's happened twice to my dogs in the show
ring. Blue ribbons given for each class but Winners Dog
withheld. No dog disqualified. Once about 20 years
ago and then last dog show season to my puppy. You really
feel cheated. I don't mind losing for a good reason but
why place a dog as winner of his class and then with hold
winning in the final class. Did the blue ribbon mean
nothing? The first Judge told me to bring my puppy back when
he matured. Did she think he would mature nicely? He
was in puppy class not Open Class. I would rather the
Judge tell me what they didn't like about my dog and not give me
a blue ribbon. It is like a slap in the face to be teased
into thinking your dog might win a point and then no dog wins
any points. Last year, the handlers outside the ring
could not believe the Judge withheld Winners. I had to go
back and asked the Judge why. I think if the Judge is
going to with hold winners without disqualifying the dogs, they
should at least tell each dog handler in the ring why. As
you said, a lot of money is spent showing your dog and you at
least deserved to know why. Ann Robbins
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